Idaho July 01, 2017
10 Epic Mountains In Idaho To Climb Or Simply Stare At In Awe
One of the best aspects of living in Idaho is the glorious view of mountains in the distance. Idaho is home to many stunning mountain ranges that are popular among locals for recreational activities all year long. Whether you like to climb them or simply admire them from below, there are numerous peaks in Idaho worth taking a trek out for. This list captures just a handful of them, so be sure to check them out!
1. Mount Borah
Mount Borah is the highest mountain in Idaho at 12,662 feet! Located in Lost River Range of Challis National Forest this is an extremely popular climb and an absolute must-see for Idahoans!
2. Bald Mountain
At 9,150 feet, this is one of the highest summits in the Smoky Mountain Range. Located in the Sawtooth National Forest in Ketchum, "Baldy" is a popular peak for locals year round.
3. Castle Peak
At 11,185 feet, Castle Peak is located in the White Cloud Mountains, across from the Sawtooths and in between Ketchum and Stanley. At its summit is a brilliant view of over 25 lakes.
4. Diamond Peak
Diamond Peak has a summit of 12,201 feet. It is the highest point in the Lemhi Range of the Rocky Mountains and is located near Butte County.
5. D.O. Lee Peak
At 11,342 feet, D.O. Lee Peak is a slice of true Idaho wilderness. It's rare to come across other people on the remote hike to the top. A part of the White Cloud Mountains, D.O. Lee is recognized by its beautiful white limestone faces.
6. Goat Mountain
Goat Mountain has a summit of 11,913 feet and is located smack dab in the middle of the Pioneer Mountains. It is known for its ruggedness and the stable, solid rock that make it up. Its nearly vertical faces of solid granite make this a challenging climb, but is amazing to look at!
7. Grand Mogul
If you've ever been to Redfish Lake, chances are you've seen the Grand Mogul since it is the most prominent peak visible over the lake. It is located in the Sawtooth Mountains and has a summit of 9,733 feet.
8. Leatherman Peak
Leatherman Peak is the second highest peak in all of Idaho. At 12,228 feet it is located in the Lost River Range of the Challis National Forest. You'll feel humbled looking at it!
9. Mount Breitenbach
This is the 5th highest peak in Idaho (12,140 feet) and is located in the middle of the main crest of the Lost River Range. Breitenbach is well hidden from view from the surrounding highways since it is obscured by the other ridges and mountains. The view at the summit is a truly rewarding one, though! It casts an incredible view of the surrounding mountains.
10. Mount Idaho
Mount Idaho is the 7th highest summit in Idaho (12,065 feet) and a favorite for many climbers. The initial hike to the mountain leads you through a forested area with many streams. Once you get to the summit, you're rewarded with a glorious view of Mount Borah and the Pahsimeroi Valley below.
What’s your favorite mountain peak in Idaho? It’s pretty hard to choose! Let us know in the comments.